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Comment: sun? maybe, but who cares. (Score 1) 41

by nimbius (#49196003) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?
Sun died a slow death following 1970's midwest business principals in a 2000's world. Even its open source efforts, although noble, were crippled by managements tunnel vision. Sun was practically predicated on the phrase "cash money millionaires" and everything, absolutely everything was licensed and contracted in perpetuity. The allure of Linux combined with chipset advances and the culture, in my opinion, are what killed Sun.
the help was no help either. Suns doc portal online was a festering carbunkle with a search feature and their community of greybeards on IRC were nothing less than violent toward anyone who dared to question the OS without having studiously memorized the entire canon of SUN scriptures. Being gobbled up by Oracle/whatever was an inevitability.

now, does Mozilla fit that profile? maybe yes, maybe who cares. theyre already the realmedia player of the browser world with a video chat system and an inline tile targeted advertising program. They validate your searches with google by default, and often times new releases steamroll your configuration options like download path. They arguably havent worked toward their stated mission since 2006 but that isnt the point. Mozillas license alone gives the community so much power over its direction that its path and principle arent relevant. One profoundly stupid move is all it takes before a massive fork, and there have been forks. iceweasel itself is proof the mozilla brand is only as effective as its adherence to principal.

Comment: Simple marketing strategy is simple. (Score 1) 30

Combining windows with XBox is the business strategy equivalent of winding christmas tree lights around a turd. Xbox is already in familiar territory financially, as its revenue is routinely used to float Azure, the phone program, and the tablet. Hell, Zune even had a run on the XBox moneytrain until Microsoft finally decided to bury that abortion. If i were a shareholder id be very alarmed at Microsofts decision to hobble an already proven revenue stream with an on-again off-again business machine OS.

Comment: Silence is golden... (Score 2) 141

by DerekLyons (#49194639) Attached to: Musician Releases Album of Music To Code By

Learned to really concentrate while serving on a submarine in the USN - to the "music" of fans and humming power supplies... so, for heavy brainwork at the computer all I need is the noise of the computer. Music just pulls me out of what I'm doing.

Oddly enough, the opposite is true when I'm working out in my woodshop, there I like to have music.

Comment: Re:Nuclear ain't cheap any more. (Score 1) 361

by DerekLyons (#49194087) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Are you talking about France? Or Russia? Or where then?

You sure as heck aren't talking about the US. The military (read Naval) reactor program parted ways with the civilian world decades ago - they're simply too dissimilar. Nor can civilian reactors effectively make plutonium, nor were they needed to. And the for companies involved in military reactors, government contracting is only one small corner of their business. Etc... etc...

Businesses

Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In-House 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the come-on-into-the-house dept.
jfruh writes One of the knocks against Silicon Valley giants as "job creators" is that the companies themselves often only hire high-end employees; support staff like security guards and janitors are contracted out to staffing agencies and receive lower pay and fewer benefits, even if they work on-site full time. That now seems to be changing, with Apple and Google putting security guards on their own payroll.
Cloud

Red Hat Strips Down For Docker 38

Posted by timothy
from the wearing-or-not-wearing-dockers dept.
angry tapir writes Reacting to the surging popularity of the Docker virtualization technology, Red Hat has customized a version of its Linux distribution to run Docker containers. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host strips away all the utilities residing in the stock distribution of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that aren't needed to run Docker containers. Removing unneeded components saves on storage space, and reduces the time needed for updating and booting up. It also provides fewer potential entry points for attackers. (Product page is here.)

Comment: Re:Ban Jargon? Seriously? (Score 1) 43

Well, whatever. She has as good a chance at banning jargon as she does banning creole. It's human nature for distinct groups to communicate in distinct ways. As a man who has run afoul of jargon (I really embarrassed myself with "side effects" at some point) I didn't get bent out of shape about it. I learned and moved on. If you want to empower women, teach them how not to lose confidence when they look stupid. If looking stupid discourages you, software is no place to be. Anybody who has been programming for a while should have quite a few stories about how some bug made them feel stupid. Indeed, "all bugs are shallow" is a cliche, and yet they continue to bug us.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 532

Is this a joke? Current Iraq, sans IS territory is basically a de facto vassal state of Iran. It's very difficult to imagine a change where Iraq would be any more pro-Iranian than it is today in such a short period of time. Vice news had a really good video on their reporter who went embedded with Iraqi Shiite militias. Unlike government which has to at least maintain plausible deniability, militiamen themselves are fairly open about who their support and materiel comes from and who they see as their own.

While it's true that current Middle East situation is not "as bad as it could get", that's only because "as bad as it could get" is a nuclear exchange between Israel and Iran or one sided nuclear strikes into Iran by Israel. And the current situation is not that far away from it now that Iran became a true regional hegemon after Iraq became it's vassal state and feels quite empowered by it. If anything, IS actually serves as a dam containing Iran's influence's westward expansion in the region.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 532

That's quite incorrect, because there will be no US for Europe to help in your scenario, nor Russia to help against. Both would be irradiated no-go land.

This is something many US residents tend to forget because they didn't have a war against an aggressor capable of fighting on their land for centuries. To them, war is something that happens far away with no real impact on their lives. A war with Russia on the other hand would be a war against a foe capable of unleashing the real consequences of the war against the people of US.

And mind you, US is doing a lot against Assad. The real problem is that people in White House right now are not quite as "american cliche" in their utter ignorance of situation on the ground and understand that any help against Assad equals improving Iran's position in the region, one way or another. Just like Iraq intervention ended up being nothing more than surrendering Iraq, the former anti-Iran bastion straight to Iranian hands. As a result most of anti-Assad action taken is typically in the form that avoids straight up supporting Iran's position in the region, which severely limits potency of any measures taken. It's mainly undercover support of semi-independent Sunni militias and support for the only anti-Iranian force in the region - ethnic Kurds. And then there's of course the political pressure on allies of Allawites.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1) 247

by arth1 (#49188369) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

No, excluded implies that steps or barriers were put in place to prevent them from participation. That is not the case here.

It may be news to you, but in many countries the population is far more homogenous than where you may be, and in some of them, black people are few and far between. That no black volunteer students participated is not due to exclusion but because of there being none to exclude.

Can you point at just one "black participant that was removed from consideration"?
In other news, they did not exclude any Sami or Maori students either.

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